Wanted Fugitive Amandeep Singh Dhami Arrested
|FBI Sacramento December 02, 2013|
Amandeep Singh Dhami, 28, wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a federal unlawful flight to avoid prosecution charge, was arrested in India on Friday evening. Dhami was arrested in Jalandhar, Punjab, on local charges by Indian authorities and will be returned to the United States to face homicide charges related to the August 31, 2008 shooting of Parmjit Pamma Singh at a later, undetermined date.
More than five years ago, gunfire erupted at the Gurmukh Singh Johal Memorial Tournament, a sports festival held at the Sacramento Sikh Society Sports Complex in Sacramento, terrifying the shocked crowd. Dhami successfully fled the festival grounds, but a second shooter, Gurpreet Singh Gosal, 28, was captured and held by festival spectators until Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived. On August 9, 2013, Gosal was sentenced in Sacramento County Superior Court to 35 years to life in prison for second-degree murder and firing a weapon in the course of a murder for his role in the shooting.
Dhami’s federal fugitive poster has appeared on the Sacramento FBI’s website since 2008, when it was first distributed. The poster was recently translated into Punjabi and redistributed internationally. Over the years, various sources speculated that Dhami may have fled to Canada, but the FBI recently followed up on leads that revealed that he was residing in India under an assumed name.
“We are thankful for our continued partnership with local and international law enforcement partners. A team of local and international FBI resources worked closely with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to pursue Dhami,” said Special Agent in Charge Monica M. Miller of the FBI’s Sacramento Field Office. “We all hope that Dhami’s eventual return for prosecution may offer some closure and peace for the Singh family, the Sacramento Sikh Society, and the festival attendees who were so traumatized by the shooting.”
Fugitives and cases in need additional information from the public are posted for viewing on the FBI Sacramento Division’s Most Wanted page. Individuals with information about any fugitive or case posted on the FBI Sacramento Division’s Most Wanted page may call (916) 481-9110 or 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-885-5984).